Poson under the theme ‘Harmony through equanimity’
The Poson Week has been declared by the Anuradhapura Government Agent
Mahinda Senevirathna under the theme “Harmony through equanimity” from
June 1 to 7. He declared the Poson Week addresing the Poson Ceremony
Committee at the Anuradhapura Secretariat Office.
It is expected that around 100, 000 devotees will observe Sil at the
sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Mihintale sacred sites.
The All Ceylon Sila Bhawana Association will hold a Sil programme at
the Samadhi Buddha statue in Anuradhapura on Poson Day.
The authorities expect a large number of worshippers to throng
Anuradhapura during the Poson season this year.All amenities, such as
electricity, water, health facilities, sanitation, transport will be
provided by the authorities during this period.
Orders have been issued to close all liquor shops in the Anuradhapura
district during the Poson Week and the security services have been
instructed to arrest those selling liquor and drugs.The Poson Committee
has decided to close all slaughter houses which are in close proximity
to the sacred city of Anuradhapura.
Ven Pallagama Hemarathana Thera said it is the duty and
responsibility of every individual to protect the country’s ancient
heritage. People should not destroy any archaeological monument in the
country. While preparing meals, they should not use ancient stone
pillars as hearths.
Apart from that, the Poson Committee emphasized the importance of
protecting the environment from discarding polythene and plastic
receptacles in the sacred area. The Committee requested the public to
only use water reservoirs which have been cleared by the security for
bathing. First aid groups will also be deployed in the sacred site for
emergencies while the Anuradhapura General and Anuradhapura old
hospitals will also be opened 24 hours during Poson week.
Security units will also be on duty while a systematic traffic
control programme will come in force. Centeed on sacred places, many
Dansel too will be held while the Health authorities will test the
condition of food.
For the Poson Committee Ven Pallegama Hemarathana There, Ven
Halmillewe Rathanapala Thera, Walahahengunawewe Dhammarathana Thera and
many government officers participated.